He was fighting to maintain his position and to protect his country at the same time.

Pragyan Ojha has praised Shubman Gill for his remarkable century in India’s second innings of the second Test against England. Gill scored 104 runs off 147 deliveries, playing a crucial role in India’s second innings total of 255 on Day 3 in Visakhapatnam on Sunday, February 4. England ended the day at 67/1, chasing a 399-run target.

Ojha, a former India spinner, had a discussion on Colors Cineplex where he praised Gill for stepping up to the challenge when he was under immense pressure, both playing for his place in the XI and when the hosts were in a difficult situation. He emphasized, “The biggest thing was the way he handled pressure. Your body reacts based on how much confidence your mind gives you. He managed himself very well. He had to do two things. He was playing for his place and for saving the country as well, the situation was like that.”

Ojha further noted that Gill’s ability to play shots all around the park showcased his completeness as a batter. He stated, “He played shots all around the park. A complete batter can attack in all directions, in front of and behind the wickets. He scored a slightly higher percentage of runs on the leg side because the game plan was also like that.”

Moreover, Ojha stated that Gill proved the naysayers wrong who had doubts about his decision to bat at No. 3. He expressed, “Overall, he played on the merit of the ball and scored runs. He had accepted a challenge and had to show what he could do. The way he answered the questions that were being raised showed the grit in his batting.”

Gill had requested the team management for the No. 3 position at the start of India’s tour of the West Indies. Before his century on Sunday, he had not even scored a fifty in his previous 11 innings at the position.

In addition, Owais Shah, a former England batter, expressed his opinion on Gill’s subdued celebration after reaching his century. He mentioned, “If you see his celebration, it showed that he is extremely determined, because he didn’t celebrate too much. I felt he wanted to tell the world that he has just started off and hasn’t achieved anything big.” Shah added that Gill wants to silence everyone by proving that No. 3 is his position, and he can only do that by scoring runs.

Overall, Gill’s century and his composure under pressure have earned him accolades from cricketing experts. As the series progresses, his performance will continue to be a topic of discussion among fans and analysts alike.